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North Korea: Fading Totalitarianism in the "Hermit Kingdom"

Reprint No. 2010:21

Author(s): Benjamin Katzeff SilbersteinYear: 2010 Title: North Korean Review Volume (No.): 6 (2) Pages: 40–54


North Korea is perceived by many as one of the most totalitarian societies of modern time. But in the wake of the economic collapse of the 1990s, North Korean totalitarianism has grappled with new conditions. This paper examines how the country's totalitarian character has been upheld through the institutional changes instigated by the economic collapse and subsequent famine in the country. It strives to answer whether today's North Korea should still be characterized as a totalitarian society, and, if not, what system then governs the country.


Reference:
Katzeff Silberstein, Benjamin (2010), "North Korea: Fading Totalitarianism in the "Hermit Kingdom"". North Korean Review 6(2), 40–54.

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The European Union in a Changing World Order

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This book explores how the European Union responds to the ongoing challenges to the liberal international order. These challenges arise both within the EU itself and beyond its borders, and put into question the values of free trade and liberal democracy. 

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